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Environment Information
At Rill Architects we run ArchiCAD on macOS. If you work at Rill, this is your stuff. If you don't, but you work in ArchiCAD, you may find something interesting. Anybody else, I don't know.

AC10 explicitly supports running more than one instance of AC at a time. In fact, in certain situations you have to. Like pen sets, this is a case where a mandatory technical change has a lot of secondary benefits.

• With no PlotMaker, there's no more dreaded BGArchicad. Most drawing links in a project will be internal, but you can also have external links to views in other projects. These drawings are updated in a second, identical copy of AC.

• In order to merge layouts from a 9 layout book into a 10 project, the book must be open in a second instance of AC10.

Those are the requirements, now the pleasant side-effect: When you issue the New or Open commands, the dialog box has a checkbox for 'Launch a new copy of Archicad'. Who can't think of tons of reasons to have multiple files open:

• Work in one project while another one, under construction, is open in the background, so you're ready when they call with questions from the field.

• Copy and Paste between projects.

• Work on a hotlinked module without closing the host project.